Swansea will look to build on their solid home record by beating Doncaster at 3/5 (William Hill) and could throw in a clean sheet too.
Off-colour Doncaster can’t buy a goal at the moment and Tuesday’s 6-0 drubbing at home to Ipswich was a fourth defeat in five for Rovers, who have failed to score in all of those losses. The last thing Sean O’Driscoll’s men need then is to come up against the Championship’s meanest home defence, that of Swansea.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have conceded just six times at the Liberty Stadium in 15 matches and they’re just 3/5 with William Hill to heap more misery on their goal-shy opponents in this one. Bearing in mind their parsimonious rearguard however, punters should push the boat out a touch and back the Swans to beat Doncaster ‘to nil’, especially as it’s available at a tasty 13/8 courtesy of 888Sport.
In the big relegation six-pointer at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace are the bookies’ favourites to boost their survival hopes by seeing off Sheffield United but we feel it’s a clash that has ‘draw’ written all over it.
The Eagles have shared the spoils in two of their last three home fixtures and the struggling Blades have stopped the rot with a couple of decent draws in the last week while both teams will be desperate to avoid defeat in such a crucial encounter.
Bet365’s 12/5 marked against the stalemate is the pick then and as the pair are hardly flush with goals at present having only managed three apiece in half a dozen outings, some bolder punters might fancy the same firm’s 3/1 for it to finish either 0-0 or 1-1.
Somewhat fortunate to pick up a point against rock-bottom Preston in midweek, Watford’s form has tailed off a touch in recent weeks and they’re set to come unstuck against Reading this weekend at the Madejski Stadium where Betdaq rate the Royals at 1.95 (19/20).
Elsewhere, leaders QPR are 5/6 (Stan James) to prevail at Preston but it’s prudent to be a bit wary where North End are concerned as they seem to be edging closer to their first win under manager Phil Brown.
Similarly, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff’s top of the table showdown at the City Ground looks a touch tough to call so we turn our attention instead to Fratton Park where Portsmouth, who stopped the rot with a victory at Doncaster last time out, look decent value at evens with Totesport to see off poor travellers Barnsley.
Swansea to beat Doncaster ‘to nil’ – 13/8 (888Sport)
Crystal Palace and Sheffield United to draw – 12/5 (bet365)
Reading to beat Watford – 19/20 (Betdaq)
Portsmouth to beat Barnsley – evens (Totesport)